List of UConn Huskies in the WNBA draft

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Sue Bird
Sue Bird was the first UConn Huskies alumna to be drafted first overall.

The UConn Huskies women's basketball team, representing the University of Connecticut in NCAA Division I college basketball, has had 38 players selected in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Draft. Of these selections, 25 were in the first round of the draft; five players—Sue Bird in 2002, Diana Taurasi in 2004, Tina Charles in 2010, Maya Moore in 2011, and Breanna Stewart in 2016—were picked first overall. At least one UConn women's basketball alumna has been selected or allocated in each of the past 12 consecutive WNBA Drafts, and in each WNBA Draft save two.[General]

Each WNBA franchise seeks to add new players through their respective annual draft. The WNBA uses a draft lottery to determine the order of selection for the first picks of the draft; the teams that did not make the playoffs the previous year are eligible to participate. After the first picks are decided, the remaining teams select in reverse order of their win–loss record.[1] The WNBA requires that players be at least 22 years old during the calendar year of the applicable seasons, have either graduated from a four-year university or have completed their intercollegiate basketball eligibility, or have played at least two seasons for another professional basketball league.[2]

In addition to the 36 draftees, two UConn women's basketball players—Rebecca Lobo in 1997 and Nykesha Sales in 1999—were allocated to specific teams during the initial formation of the WNBA.[3][4] Lobo was assigned to the New York Liberty and is considered one of the WNBA's first players.[3] Sales was the first player for the expansion Orlando Miracle;[4] the team would later relocate and become the Connecticut Sun.[5][6]

UConn women's basketball alumni have had a significant impact on the WNBA. Five players—Taurasi, Charles, Moore, Stewart, and Napheesa Collier—were named WNBA Rookie of the Year, and all but Collier were later named WNBA Most Valuable Player (MVP). Several other UConn alumni have been named to All-WNBA teams or selected as WNBA All-Stars on multiple occasions. Eight UConn players have been named to the All-Rookie Team, including four of the school's five Rookies of the Year (Taurasi's rookie season predated the 2005 establishment of the All-Rookie Team). Thirteen Huskies alumni have been part of WNBA championship teams, and two have been named WNBA Finals MVP: Maya Moore in 2013 and Breanna Stewart in 2018.

Player selection[edit]

Diana Taurasi
First-overall selection and UConn women's basketball alumna Diana Taurasi was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2009.
Tina Charles
Tina Charles was the third UConn player to be selected first overall, in 2010. She was named WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2012.
Maya Moore
The fourth UConn alumna to be selected first overall, Maya Moore was the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player.
Breanna Stewart
Breanna Stewart is the fifth and most recent UConn women's basketball player (as of 2018) to be drafted first overall, and the fourth to be named both WNBA Rookie of the Year (2016) and Most Valuable Player (2018).

Allocations[edit]

Year Player name Position WNBA team[Note 1] Notes Refs
1997 Rebecca Lobo F/C New York Liberty All-WNBA Second Team (1997)
All-Star (1999)
Hall of Fame (2017)
[3][7][8]
1999 Nykesha Sales G/F Orlando Miracle All-WNBA Second Team (2004)
All-Star (1999–2006)
[4][6][9]

Regular draft[edit]

Year Rnd Pick Overall Player name Position WNBA team[Note 1] Notes Refs
1998 2 3 13 Rita Williams G Washington Mystics All-Star (2001) [10][11]
1999 3 12 36 Kara Wolters C Houston Comets WNBA champion (1999) [12][13]
1999 4 12 48 Jennifer Rizzotti G Houston Comets WNBA champion (1999, 2000) [14][15]
2000 2 15 31 Paige Sauer C Los Angeles Sparks [16][17]
2001 1 7 7 Svetlana Abrosimova F Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2010) [18][19]
2001 1 14 14 Kelly Schumacher F/C Indiana Fever WNBA champion (2007, 2008) [20][21]
2001 3 8 40 Shea Ralph G Utah Starzz [Note 2] [22]
2002 1 1 1 Sue Bird G Seattle Storm WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018)
WNBA All-Decade Team (2006)
WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
All-WNBA First Team (2002–05, 2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2008, 2010, 2011)
All-Star (2002–03, 2005–07, 2009, 2011, 2014–15, 2017–18)
[23][24]
2002 1 2 2 Swin Cash F Detroit Shock WNBA champion (2003, 2006, 2010)
WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
All-WNBA Second Team (2003, 2004)
All-Star (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011)
[25][26]
2002 1 4 4 Asjha Jones F Washington Mystics WNBA champion (2015)
All-WNBA Second Team (2008)
All-Star (2007, 2009)
[27][28]
2002 1 6 6 Tamika Williams F Minnesota Lynx [29][30]
2004 1 1 1 Diana Taurasi G Phoenix Mercury WNBA champion (2007, 2009, 2014)
MVP (2009)
WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
Rookie of the Year (2004)
All-WNBA First Team (2004, 2006–11, 2013, 2014, 2018)
All-WNBA Second Team (2005, 2016, 2017)
All-Star (2005–07, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
[31][32]
2005 2 11 24 Jessica Moore C Charlotte Sting [33][34]
2005 2 12 25 Ashley Battle F Seattle Storm [35][36]
2006 1 11 11 Barbara Turner G Seattle Storm [37][38]
2006 2 1 15 Ann Strother G Houston Comets [39][40]
2006 2 8 22 Willnett Crockett F Los Angeles Sparks [41][42]
2008 1 12 12 Ketia Swanier G Connecticut Sun WNBA champion (2009) [43][44]
2008 3 2 30 Charde Houston F Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2011)
All-Star (2009)
[45][46]
2009 1 4 4 Renee Montgomery G Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2015, 2017)
All-Star (2011)
All-Rookie Team (2009)
[47][48]
2010 1 1 1 Tina Charles C Connecticut Sun MVP (2012)
Rookie of the Year (2010)
All-WNBA First Team (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017)
All-WNBA Second Team (2010, 2013, 2014)
All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
[49][50]
2010 3 1 27 Kalana Greene G New York Liberty WNBA champion (2015)
All-Rookie Team (2010)
[51][52]
2011 1 1 1 Maya Moore F Minnesota Lynx WNBA champion (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
MVP (2014)
WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
Rookie of the Year (2011)
All-WNBA First Team (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
All-WNBA Second Team (2012, 2018)
All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
WNBA Finals MVP (2013)
All-Star Game MVP (2015, 2017, 2018)
[53][54]
2012 2 2 14 Tiffany Hayes G Atlanta Dream All-WNBA First Team (2018)
All-Rookie Team (2012)
All-Star (2017)
[55]
2013 1 11 11 Kelly Faris G Connecticut Sun [56]
2014 1 6 6 Stefanie Dolson F Washington Mystics All-Star (2015, 2017) [57]
2014 1 7 7 Bria Hartley G Seattle Storm All-Rookie Team (2014) [57]
2015 1 3 3 Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis F Seattle Storm WNBA Champion (2018) [58]
2015 1 11 11 Kiah Stokes C New York Liberty All-Rookie Team (2015) [58]
2016 1 1 1 Breanna Stewart F / C Seattle Storm WNBA Champion (2018)
MVP (2018)
Rookie of the Year (2016)
All-WNBA First Team (2018)
All-WNBA Second Team (2016)
All-Rookie Team (2016)
All-Star (2017, 2018)
WNBA Finals MVP (2018)
[59][60]
2016 1 2 2 Moriah Jefferson G San Antonio Stars All-Rookie Team (2016) [59][61]
2016 1 3 3 Morgan Tuck F Connecticut Sun [59]
2017 3 2 26 Saniya Chong G Dallas Wings [62]
2018 1 4 4 Gabby Williams F Chicago Sky [63]
2018 1 6 6 Azurá Stevens F Dallas Wings All-Rookie Team (2018) [63]
2018 1 10 10 Kia Nurse G New York Liberty All-Star (2019) [63][64]
2019 1 4 4 Katie Lou Samuelson G-F Chicago Sky [65]
2019 1 6 6 Napheesa Collier F Minnesota Lynx Rookie of the Year (2019)
All-Star (2019)
[65][66]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b This is the team that drafted the player, not the player's most recent team.
  2. ^ Despite being drafted, Shea Ralph never played in the WNBA. After suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee in February 2002—the third ACL tear in her left knee and her fifth ACL tear overall—she opted to retire.[22]

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